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In Rwanda, the city of Kigali will have a modern landfill to manage its household and similar waste. The facility, which will replace the existing landfill in the Nduba sector, will convert organic waste into biogas and then into electricity and fertiliser for agriculture.
The farm, which is powered by solar panels and requires a tenth of the water of traditional fish farming by using a recycling and filtration system, is also providing jobs and extra amenities. Two villages now have electricity – and there are plans to connect more – and one school has a borehole.
Thousands of refugees are set to work with Practical Action as it expands its energy work in camps and host communities in Rwanda over the next four years. After helping to bring energy access to 83,000 people in Nyabiheke, Kigeme and Gihembe refugee camps, the work will continue and expand into three more – Mahama, Mugombwa and Kiziba.
The project was completed over 10 months and financed by Facebook, the Shell Foundation, USAID, and Endev, and supported by NXT Grid. The system deployed in Gakagati has a 120 kW capacity, but ZOLA says that it is modular and easy to expand. It expects to double the capacity to 240 kW over time.
The Power Up campaign calls wealthy nations to greatly increase climate adaptation funding. The campaign will initially focus on five African countries with the potential to be trailblazers in growing energy access – Kenya, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Tanzania. But in 2023, Power Up is set to expand its focus on countries worldwide.

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